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Nursing homes to send details of dengue patients by SMS, email

The state health department has instructed all nursing homes to furnish details of patients and the 
symptoms with which they have been admitted initially through SMS and subsequently by e-mail to it.

The pathological laboratories have been asked to give daily reports to the health department in view of the rise in Dengue cases, director of health services, Dr Biswaranjan Satpathy said. So far 1,117 persons have been afflicted with the disease out of which 9 have died.

A high level meeting was held in Sasthya Bhavan on Thursday where besides senior officials, representatives of nursing homes and pathological laboratories joined. The state Home Secretary Malay Dey held a meeting in Nabanna and instructed all state government and central government offices to keep the office premises clean and not to allow accumulation of water in containers as the clean water serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Dr Satpathy said normally, the pathological laboratories submit reports once a week to the health department but now they would have to give daily reports and this would help the state government and the civic bodies to identify the areas where the outbreak of the disease was more and accordingly action would be taken.

A team of health department officials of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) led by the member, mayor in council (Health) Atin Ghosh on Thursday visited Bethune School and Bethune College. 
Except for two areas, no larvae were found. Ghosh has requested the principal of the college to appreciate students who would identify the mosquito breeding ground like the plastic containers where rainwater had accumulated.

The college authorities have been requested to clear garbage everyday and clear containers where water is stored once every week.

Ghosh expressed satisfaction over the way Scottish Church College authorities have kept the campus clean. No larvae were found and he said the college should function as a role model for other educational institutions. The team will visit three private hospitals in South Kolkata on Friday.

Meanwhile, the KMC has intensified the awareness campaign requesting people not to store water in containers for more than 24 hours.
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